25-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provid...
Dont'a Hightower Contract Information:
Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.
Hightower (shoulder) will likely need six or seven months to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Boston Herald reports.
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Dont'a Hightower: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hightower was reportedly playing through Sunday's Super Bowl with just one good arm, but still managed to take down Marshawn Lynch short of the goal line on the play before Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to seal the victory. While he's headed for offseason surgery, it shouldn't be anything that causes him to miss the beginning of the 2015 season, barring something unforeseen. Hightower finished the 2014 regular season with 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games, while working as a starting linebacker for the Patriots.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Patriots played it safe with Hightower in their regular season finale, but he's good to go for Saturday's playoff tilt, coming off a 2014 campaign in which he racked up 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.
The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.